With each episode of Killjoys so far in season 3, doesn’t it feel like for every step Dutch, D’Avin and Johnny take forward in their hoped-for war with the Hullen, something develops that seems like two steps backward? Tough to get traction against the green goo, it appears. But they keep at it.
So far this season we’ve seen some small victories for our good guys, but we also find out that the Hullen have been operating in and around the Quad for much longer, and much more deeply, than anyone thought. The Hullen have been planning, plotting and “practicing” for what’s to come for many decades and that’s a thought that should frighten everyone involved. Fortunately, while Dutch has admitted to being terrified by the threat, she channels that into a dark determination to do what’s necessary to put an end to these green plasma parasites.
Right now it feels like something big needs to occur to turn the tide a little more in their direction. But, that’s why we watch, isn’t it? To see if that mountain can be climbed.
Episode 303, “The Hullen Have Eyes” offers us another look into how deeply the Hullen have dug in around the Quad while also delivering a little play on words with us. Yes, eyes play a pivotal, if not quirky, role in what happens in the episode.
One of the delights of Ep. 303 was watching Johnny come to grips with a new nerd (Hello, Zephyr) in the stable. He’s back now and wants to be king of the geek set again, but Dutch has made up her mind – Zeph is staying. The dance Johnny and Zephyr do throughout the episode is very interesting to watch – moving from disdain to semi-appreciation to a little mentoring by Johnny. It’s the thing Johnny told Dutch he didn’t want to do when he met Zeph, but the episode moves along with our two nerds finding a working relationship and, ultimately, Johnny delivering some timely advice that will truly make Zeph part of the team.
“Your job isn’t just to be right….it’s to protect them. Dutch and D’Avin are brave as shit. But they cannot do what we do and they know it,” Johnny tells a wide-eyed Zeph. Good moment with good advice to a raw recruit to the fight. My hope is that Zephyr will continue on with the team for a while. She adds a fun dynamic as a different style of nerd compared to Johnny. They are fun together and, I suspect, will complement each other in a nerdy fashion moving forward. Let’s see where it goes.
Episode 303 took our gang to what D’Avin referred to as an “old-timey” settlement that turned out to be a Hullen training center for the newly infected. Remember, new Hullen lose their humanity and the facility they find was used to retrain Hullen to act more human.
There was definitely a creepy vibe going on – in an interesting way, though the hologram of the woman was a brilliant little touch. Teaching the techniques of smiling (Smile with your eyes) was a reminder that the Hullen are very well prepared and that it’s the little things that convince humanity you’re…well, human. That little moment was what tipped me off that this was a training center of some kind. For whom and by whom were revealed later. I enjoyed the little side-story here about the meeting of the young girl Quinn. The whole story about how Khlyen had shut the facility down and the last of the “slaves” went underground to escape the sun’s radiation was interesting and set up the final part of this arc nicely. Quinn, who saved D’Avin and Dutch from the guards up top, eventually leads them to an item called “The Remnant,” something Khlyen had placed there years before. What will the remnant bring us down the road? That’s the question that buzzing around in my head after this episode. What part will it play?
You can tell Quinn’s got a little of the rebel in her, which provided a nice fit with our gang as they navigated this newest wrinkle. Speaking of twists in this arc, we discover more about Khlyen’s relationship with the place, shockingly discover that D’Avin has been there before to inquire about the remnant (which he doesn’t remember), then the boys land in a computer room that screams 2005 where Johnny does some fun stuff, and finally points them in the direction of the remnant.
So here we go, another piece of the Hullen puzzle pops up and we’re not sure what to make of it. The Remnant’s got Khlyen’s symbol on it and as Dutch says later, Khlyen always had a plan. But what that plan was, we are left to wonder. Was Khlyen playing both sides? What’s in the remnant and how does it hurt or hinder Dutch’s goals? Just how deep and far does this Hullen thing go? For every new discovery, a slew of new questions need answering.
A nice touch at the end is that Quinn gets her stitches out aboard ship and sees for the first time. It was fun to see D’Avin touched like he was, which is something we don’t often see. He’s a blunt instrument a lot of the time, but in this situation we see there’s some heart underneath that ruggedly tough and dangerous exterior. It’s funny when Quinn admits she thought he’d be better looking. It’s also clear that D’Avin is going to play a much bigger role in this thing than simply firing his gun at someone or something. He’s got the magic touch when it comes to the Hullen ships. How will that play out moving forward? Again, there’s no army – yet. It feels like progress on that front is glacial at this point.
I have to hand it to Aneela, she’s all in with the green goo. She bathes in it, drinks it and just seems happily committed to its powers. Oh, she’s gonzo nutso, but in a strange way you have to be impressed with just how seductively nutty she really is. I’m definitely looking forward to her coming face to face with her sister, clone, dopelganger in Dutch. That should be more than a little interesting, shouldn’t it?
For my money, watching Delle Seyah get her nose rubbed in the muck and mire of an Aneela freakout was somewhat gratifying. But, like a true survivor, she ended up sucking up to our nutty Aneela and offering an ominous promise – “I know exactly how to hurt her” in reference to Dutch. Now, what could hurt Dutch in that way? My feeling is that the target will be one of the boys, but perhaps there’s something else out there that Dutch could be hurt by. If it’s the lads, then who and how? Oh, and why does’ Aneela’s ship look like a Klingon skull?
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